Wednesday 13 March 2019


MEYLEKH KARPINOVITSH (b. December 21, 1912)
            He was born in Minsk, the son of Moyshe Karpinovitsh.  He attended high school and the Jewish musical institute.  From 1934 he was working as the administrator of the Skala Theater in Warsaw, from 1939 of the Bialystok Yiddish State Theater, and from 1942 he was working with the Kiev Yiddish State Theater in Central Asia.  He was repatriated to Poland, and in 1950 he left for Israel.  He contributed to: Dos naye lebn (The new life) in Lodz and Letste nayes (Latest news) in Tel Aviv, and he edited Tsanins ilustrirte velt (Tsanin’s illustrated world) in Tel Aviv.  From 1962 he was secretary to the editorial board of Di goldene keyt (The golden chain).  He also published in other Yiddish publications.  His pen names: Meylekh Karpun and M. Karmel.  With his brother Dovid—together using the pen name Br[others] Levitan—they published: Adolf aykhman der bukhhalter fun toyt (Adolf Eichmann, the bookkeeper of death), with his brother, together using the pen name Br[others] Levitan (Tel Aviv, 1959), 62 pp., second enlarged edition under the title Adolf aykhman in di hent fun folk vos er hot gevolt farnikhtn (Adolf Eichmann in the hands of the people he wanted to destroy) (Tel Aviv, 1960), 129 pp.  With this same brother (using the same pen name), they translated into Yiddish: Leon Uris, Eksodus (Exodus) (Tel Aviv, 1961), 1263 pp.  He edited six issues of Vilner pinkes (Records of Vilna) (Tel Aviv, 1968-1972).
Ruvn Goldberg

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